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San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

1. San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

Begin your tour by traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1. Head to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. At your first rest stop in Davenport, you will have a chance to take a selfie with the whole Pacific as your backdrop.  At Monterey, you will have 2 hours on your own to explore. You can visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, rent a kayak or paddleboard, hike along the coast, or take a bike to roam. You can also stroll among the quaint boutiques and art shops along the historic Cannery Row. Grab a seafood lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.  Enjoy another eyeful of Pacific beauty along the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest and take photographs of the hardy Lone Cyprus Tree. This famous road winds its way by magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of the Monterey Cypress.  Your scenic drive finishes at Pebble Beach Village. Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue and be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time, you can visit the historic Carmel Mission. Then, it will be time to head back to San Francisco. 

From San Francisco: Redwoods, Coast, and Sausalito Tour

2. From San Francisco: Redwoods, Coast, and Sausalito Tour

Get picked up at your San Francisco hotel and begin the day at Armstrong Woods. Walk among the oldest and largest trees on the planet. The park has 1500-year-old, 300-foot Redwood beauties that offer an awe-inspiring stroll through one of the most unique forests in Northern California. Drive up the breathtaking coast to a small beach town where you can purchase lunch and weather permitting, go picnic at the beach. End the day in Sausalito, a quaint town on the Bay with stunning views of San Francisco. Then decide if you want to return to your hotel with the tour or take a 30-minute ferry ride back to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

GoCar 3-Hour Tour of San Francisco's Parks and Beaches

3. GoCar 3-Hour Tour of San Francisco's Parks and Beaches

Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide through the beaches and city parks of San Francisco during this 3-hour tour. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, the car knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, it not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Let GoCar guide you to San Francisco's lesser-known beaches such as China Beach and Baker Beach, infamous for a deadly shark attack. Wind past the Cliff House as you descend the cliffs, opening up the dramatic expanse of Ocean Beach. Next, you can visit famous Golden Gate Park and all its attractions, including live buffalo, the Japanese Tea Garden, the M. H. de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Conservatory of Flowers. If you are a fan of the 1960s and 70s, you can extend your tour to Haight-Ashbury, made famous by Janis Joplin, the Grateful dead, and Jefferson Airplane during the Summer of Love.

From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

4. From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

Hop in your car and enjoy this self-guided audio tour along the Pacific Coast Highway. Start in San Francisco or LA, and simply follow the GPS guide to explore one of the most beautiful stretches of coastal road in the world. Take your time driving through Monterey Bay, artsy Carmel and more. Your virtual audio guide will share interesting facts and insights as you drive. Admire views of rocky headlands, jewel-like coves, waterfalls and the famous bridges of Big Sur as you explore California’s coastal highlights. Your downloaded guide will give you plenty of opportunities to pull off the road and explore local beaches, wildlife and towns on foot. Wander through San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Malibu before wrapping up the tour in Los Angeles. You will receive an email with the audio tour app link and a unique password from the local supplier within 1 hour of booking. Once the app is downloaded, take the tour whenever you would like. Just head to stop number 1 and begin exploring.

San Diego: Private Driving Tour of San Diego's Beaches

5. San Diego: Private Driving Tour of San Diego's Beaches

Discover the bright skies and gentle ocean breezes along San Diego's coast on this private tour. Stop at many different beaches and bays along the Pacific Ocean. Each beach has its own distinct Southern California beach culture, from skaters on boardwalks to secluded beaches and laid-back hang-outs where surfers rule the waves. Your private tour of the San Diego Coast visits the finest coastal stretches to discover the heart and soul of this coastal city. First stop will be the white sands of Coronado Island, home to the haunted Hotel Del Coronado, and boasting quintessential San Diego seaside allure. Next, Ocean Boulevard evokes the era of Marilyn Monroe, who famously filmed "Some Like It Hot" here in 1958. Next, on to Seaport Village, where a picturesque century-old harbor boasts numerous seafood bistros and waterfront cafes. Then, along the Point Loma Peninsula’s western shoreline, discover the 68-acre Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. This encompasses native coastal scrub, dramatic cliff formations, craggy caves, intertidal lagoons, and mesmerizing panoramic ocean views. Your tour continues on to Ocean Beach, with its laid-back rhythm. It has a vintage SoCal hippy vibe with surf shops, taco stands, microbreweries, and dog-friendly beaches. Here, you can enjoy a pit-stop at one of the many beachside eateries, or wait until you hit the crashing waves of the Pacific Beach. Serious surfers head to Pacific Beach - or “PB” as the locals call it - for an electric party atmosphere, glowing bonfires, and excellent swells. Your final stop is La Jolla, a scenic stretch dubbed ‘Paradise by the Sea’. Sheltered by a 300-ft rocky bluff, it's home to seals, sea lions, numerous seabirds, lush beach flora, and a wide sweep of soft honey-colored sand.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Excellent tour, covered all the major spots along California coast from Santa Cruz to Monterey to Carmel by the sea with important stops along the coast with appropriate time to take photos. Our your guide Doug and river Jason were pretty amazing and Doug has a thorough knowledge and passion and he was did an excellent job explaining all the important history on the tour. 17 Mile drive and pebble Beach were pretty amazing and beautiful. In Carmel, if you do not plan to shop, consider walking to the beach, it's a 0.5 mile walk slightly tedious walk (considering all the elevations) from the bus stop but it's worth it. In Monterey, aquarium will always be sold out when you arrive unless you dont book it prior, so 2 he is a little long, but considering it in life's lunch stop too, it totally makes sense. Apart from cannery row, consider taking a walk across lovers point trail in Pacific Grove which is just next to cannery row, it's pretty scenic.

It was awesome being able to have the freedom to Rome about without staying in a group. My son was having so much rolling around the city and seeing sights that we have never seen before! Even after we left today he said the best part about our weekend in Frisco the go Car was the highlight! We seen everything on our own timeline! We are going to set up another trip in a few weeks if I can get the time off of work. And we are going to do the All day tour!

The tour guide was very informative, polite, and sense of humor. The company had clean van's, equipped with spare umbrellas, and video material for guest. I liked how duration online said 9 hours and was actually 9 hours.

I have learned a lot about San fransisco and the other towns around. Very interesting.

Super nice tour with a very nice guide. I can really recommend it.